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National Hurling League Division 3A- Round Three Preview

Division 3A Preview

By Cian Dalton

Tyrone get a bye this week in the competitive Division 3A in the National Hurling League. Longford will be looking to push on and record their first win after coming so close against Tyrone last week. Monaghan are back after taking their own break last week. They are also looking to record their first win of the league but they will find it tough against Armagh who will be looking to prove a point after losing out to Sligo last week.

This is a hard division to call. Tyrone are looking good at the top of the table, thanks in part to Captain Fantastic Damien Casey and C.J. Mcgourty. They showed great mental resolve to come back against a Longford side who looked sure to win. Sligo looked brilliant out of the gate, disposing of Armagh with ease. Tyrone v Sligo in two weeks time will be a brilliant match.

Sligo v. Longford, Markievicz Park, Sat. 29th May, 3.00 pm.

Padraig Mannion’s men will look to make it two on the bounce at home this Saturday. Home advantage will spur them on again. They scored the last six points of the game against Armagh last weekend, finishing strong to secure the two points. Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch scored four of those points and 1-11 on the day. They will be looking for more of the same against a Longford side who showed they could light up the scoreboard with the rest of the division. They were so close last weekend against arguably the strongest team in 3A in Tyrone. They were three up with a minute of normal time remaining, giving up two frees to let Damien Casey level the game. They will need to be more disciplined against Sligo. I predict a Sligo win, but it could be close. This game will be streamed on Sligo GAA’s website.

Monaghan v. Armagh, Grattan Park, Sun. 30th May, 2.00 pm.

I suppose every team is looking to prove something every time they go out on the pitch, but the Armagh lads will feel like they have a point to prove after last week’s loss. Fionntain Donnelly had another big performance for them and he will be called upon again as they hope to get back on track. Monaghan had a week off last week so should be well rested but I think this one is going to go Armagh’s way and make for an interesting business end of the season.

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